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London Edible Gardens Open Day

24. August 2011

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Over 40 of London’s community food-growing gardens will be opening their gates to the public in September, resulting in the largest opening of food-growing spaces on a single day for any one city in the UK! On Saturday, 3rd September 2011 members of Capital Growth are inviting Londoners to explore their neighbourhood growing spaces. Many […]

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Kew revives wild flower meadows

18. August 2011

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 Forget planting a tree. If you really want to fight climate change and boost wildlife, it appears that you would be better off investing your money in protecting a local wild flower meadow. To assist with this mission, Kew gardens today announced that they are launching a seed bank for native plant species that will help […]

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Big Biochar experiment

15. August 2011

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Would you like to receive a sample of  the soil enhancer Biochar and take part in a ground breaking experiment? Oxford Biochar is pioneering the first large-scale experiment on the use of biochar on British allotments and gardens. It aims to gather quantitative data on above- and below-ground productivity, and qualitative data on plant and soil health […]

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London needs green therapy

12. August 2011

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After the riots in London over the past week it is time for communities to rebuild trust and create harmony with one another. Creating a garden and growing food can bring a common sense of achievment and value to individuals feeling isolated and challenged by inner city living. I stumbled across an example of this just around the […]

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Americans dig deeper

1. August 2011

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Whilst politicians in Washington debate the future of the American deficit, it appears that across the country, citizens are discovering inventive ways to support themselves by growing more and more of their own food. Urban Farming is the new American craze being driven by people’s craving for a connection to their food source and for […]

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RHS and Alys Fowler Grow Your Own

26. July 2011

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RHS and Alys Fowler Grow Your Own

RHS facebook The RHS is increasingly using technology to connect with gardeners. They have an excellent facebook event this week with Alys Fowler, one of my favourite gardeners, answering your questions on their Grow Your Own Facebook page via drop-in Q&A sessions. This takes place on Friday 29 July from 3pm – 4pm and is […]

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Toronto food production and allotments

22. July 2011

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Toronto food production and allotments

The city of Toronto has looked at the carbon and environmental impact of food and food systems and finds that 30-40% of its carbon footprint comes in one way or another from food related activities: transportation, energy growing, retailing. Growing 10% of the vegetables in the city would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37.9 kilotonnes […]

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Wimbledon and Google strawberry hits

19. June 2011

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Wimbledon and Google strawberry hits

It has been a vintage year for strawberries and demand has been exceptional so there have been concerns that Wimbledon might miss out on supplies of this very English tradition. Even Google announced that online searches for strawberries and strawberry plants are at a seven year high. Laurence Olins, chairman of British Summer Fruits, said: […]

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RHS Grow your Own Facebook advice

15. June 2011

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RHS Grow your Own Facebook advice

The UK Grow your Own season is steaming ahead over the next week with the long hours of daylight continuing up until Midsummers Day on 21st June. The longer days combined with some welcome rain  in the South  is making my veggies really put on a growth spurt. It is great to grow your own […]

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B&Q vertical garden goes sky high

25. May 2011

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B&Q vertical garden goes sky high

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1390415/Gold-standard-Edible-garden-takes-prize-Chelsea-Flower-Show.html?ito=feeds-newsxml Food for thought? This amazing edible garden brimming with fruit and vegetables caught the judges attention at The Chelsea Flower Show and shows just how home grown produce can be produced in the smallest of urban spaces. Apart from providing home grown food and reducing our air miles , there are a host of […]

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